I used to get sick at least twice a year - it was just something I could count on. I took tons of antibiotics in my teenage years, for acne, had a poor diet, and didn't have the best immune system. I'd tried different things, in the past, to beat a cold, from taking lots of vitamin C pills, to vitamin C powder in water (with a little sugar so it's bearable), to echinacea in pill and also liquid form. I'd also done Zinc, Emergen-C, Thera-Flu, Nyquil, and Airborne. But none of those things really got rid of a cold the way I'd have liked it to have.
Then, in 2001, my sister told me about Wellness Formula. And it changed my life.
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The day she introduced me to it, I could tell I was coming down with something because my first sign is almost always a raw, sore throat. She pulled out a little ziploc bag full of beige capsules (her travel stash) and handed me six of them.
"Take this. It'll go away."
I looked at the large pills in my hand. "Six?" I said. "That's a lot of pills."
"Trust me. It's worth it." She said. "It works better than anything."
I took them and HOLY MOSES. She was right. Whatever it was, that had been coming on, JUST VANISHED.
Why did it work so well? Personally, I think it has something to do with the fact that it contains just about everything known to mankind, to kill a cold. You know how some people say take zinc, some say take vitamin C, some say astragalus, some say take echinacea.... well these pills have all of that and way more. I'm telling you, it's unreal how well it works. If it doesn't completely knock out a cold I can feel coming on, it will at least reduce the symptoms, or cut downo the number of days I have to stay in bed. I can't say for sure how it will work for you, but I can tell you that this has been my personal experience.
I highly recommend you download this informative PDF guide by Source Naturals, the company that makes this stuff. I am pasting some excerpts (about how it can boost your T-cells and immune function) below.
I swear this stuff knocked out the FLU a couple of years ago.
I had been working at the airport and touched just about every pole and handrail there was in the place, before getting in my car and going to get dinner (Mediterranean food). Normally I like to wash my hands before eating, but I was so hungry, I picked up a piece of bread and threw caution to the wind. As I drove home, I could feel my throat getting raw and sore, and it was clear that my immunity was dropping quickly because something I'd just been exposed to.
Some people say it takes days for the flu to show up but I question that - my sore throats always seem to develop shortly after I've been out in public, not a few days later after I get home.
Anyway, I was certain I'd just been exposed to the flu, so I went to Whole Foods, bought a new bottle (60 capsules) and loaded up on Wellness Formula.
That night my body felt like it was under attack. The sore throat was gone, but my heart was beating very rapidly. It's hard to describe, but it actually felt like there was some kind of "war" going on, between these flu germs and the Wellness Formula. I could feel it... like my system was somehow on "high alert" and I could feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins.
It reminded me of being in a hurricane with all the windows taped and you're just waiting it out. You can feel the power of what's raging outside, yet it's not actually hurting you, because your house is protecting you. That's how it was. I don't know how else to describe it, but that hadn't happened before, and it hasn't happened since, but that one instance made me feel sure this stuff has the ability to knock out the flu (because whatever it was, my body was clearly working in OVERDRIVE to knock it out). By morning it was like the morning after a storm. Everything was calm again and I was back to normal. I'm extremely grateful that I didn't come down with it!
What happened when I DIDN'T take this stuff (according to the directions)
This past winter I did end up getting sick because I didn't recognize the early sign of a particularly nasty bug that had been making the rounds at my office. I had developed a scratchy throat, and because it wasn't the usual raw, sore throat I get before a full blown cold, I ignored it and didn't start pounding Wellness Formula like I usually do.
BIG MISTAKE. I ended up getting sick with a high fever and horrible body aches, and had to take the day off work! So just be aware that sometimes colds can come in different forms and your symptoms may be different, depending on the strain that's going around. Luckily the Wellness reduced the amount of time I had to take off but still.. I hate even having to take an hour off, much less a day.
(Update winter 2018)
I had another incidence where I used Wellness Formula against one of the worst flu strains I've ever seen... but I did not use it according to the instructions, so I still got it : (. I am just telling this story so you don't make the same mistake. Once you are able to make your sore throat disappear, that does not mean you can slack off and suddenly stop taking the stuff - especially if you know it's a virulent strain you're dealing with. Even just a tiny bit of that influenza virus in your system can rapidly multiply out of control in your sleep, and you can wake up VERY SICK the next day.
My sister and her music partner caught the flu that was going around during the winter holidays in 2018, while they were staying with me. Both of them were walking around like zombies, they looked sooooo sick. I thought, man, I do NOT want to catch that bug!! So, I busted out my good ol' Wellness Formula as soon as I could feel my own sore throat coming on. Luckily, my sore throat vanished, and I felt confident that my body had fought off that awful bug that took them out for the count.
But I was a little too confident.
Before I went to bed that night, I was feeling so good, I didn't think about the fact that I could still have just a tiiiiny little bit of this really nasty strain of the flu, still inside my body. Keep in mind that just a tiny little bit of virus may be something you can't feel at all, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Sadly, I learned that it could RAPIDLY multiply out of control in the 8 hours while I was sleeping, rendering me practically immobile by the time I woke up. By 8 am, it was too late to turn things around. The flu won, and I lost. I had to just deal with a few days of being REALLY sick. I was so achey, I could barely move.
But it was a VERY good lesson for me, that you don't take the stuff according to the instructions, you're taking a risk. You may need to give your body a few days to do it's battle against whatever virus is in your system, so that it's able to take care of ALL of the virus that's lurking around, hoping you're going to slack off and let your guard down, like I did. Don't make the same mistake!!
Luckily, because I usually do take the stuff according to the directions, I have only been sick a few times in the last 14 years. I've bought it for many co-workers, employers, friends and family members. When I told my Aunt about it, she was a 4th grade schoolteacher. She told me when she told other teachers about it, in the "teacher's lounge" at her school, they said "Don't you know about that stuff? We're ALL on it!!!" And hey, Elementary teachers should know what works, right?
On another note, a friend of mine, an elementary school teacher in her 20's, told me that when I shared my awesome water with her, she never got sick while all the teachers around her did... I'm thinking it must be the antioxidants. If you look at the PDF Guide for Wellness Formula I posted earlier, you'll see they've written about antioxidants and their role in your immune system.
I recently took a self defense class, and I realized that protecting yourself from predators is like protecting your immune system. The predators and sick people are always going to be out there, so it's up to US to do what we can to protect ourselves. Germs are EVERYWHERE, and if we're not armed to stop them, they could take us down. Luckily, Wellness Formula is not hard to get. It's often on sale at Whole Foods during the winter, and you can usually find it at a health food store.
I have a friend who was complaining about how someone at work got her sick. I'll call her Peggy. I told her Peggy, you need to protect yourself. There are always going to be sick people at work. It's up to US to make sure that other people don't make us sick! It took me years to convince her to try Wellness Formula, but when she finally did, she was blown away, and told me she actually bought it for a bunch of her friends at work, just like I have!
If you ever find yourself getting sick, please try this stuff. Check out the reviews on Amazon if you don't believe me. To me, this is just one more example of how, sometimes it's the stuff that's not well-advertised, that works the best.
Be sure to keep it in the fridge, it will last a lot longer. If the bottle gets warm, or is too old, it won't work as well. Sometimes I just buy a brand new bottle of 60 capsules from Whole Foods, because I've never had a time when that didn't work.
Oh yeah... and I always take the capsules, not the tablets. I've heard some people say the tablets work better for them, but it's the opposite for me. The smell of the tablets makes me kind of nauseous (and since it made me feel sick that just seemed to make me feel worse). It's up to you, but I've never had a problem with the capsules at all - in my own experience, they work great.
TKO by Oregano Oil
Back in 2016, I was on a 5 hour flight for a 2 day Bemer conference, and forgot to bring my Wellness Formula with me (I guess because it was such a short conference, it didn't occur to me that I should bring it). And I was so pre-occupied with trying to make sure I did not catch the Zika virus (I made sure to bring lots of essential oil repellents) that I hadn't even thought about trying to make sure I didn't catch the flu, either.
When I got off the plane, I could feel the telltale signs that I'd just caught a bad bug. I swear it was that airplane air. My throat was getting very sore and raw, and I could feel my immune system rapidly dropping.
Unfortunately, Wellness formula isn't typically sold at common drug stores like CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid, and I didn't have a rental car to drive to the nearest Whole Foods or vitamin store. But luckily, I did have some VERY strong oregano oil on me, so, since that was all I had, I took a lot of it - to the point where my business partner whom I was sharing a hotel with, commented that I smelled like Oregano oil during that whole conference. It was like it was seeping out of my pores (I felt bad, I didn't realize anyone else could notice it). Like I said, I hate being sick, so I was taking a lot of it!
Please note, oregano oil should be used with caution, since it is a blood thinner and it can also lower your absorption of iron, but I've personally never had a problem with it. That doesn't mean you won't, but I haven't. Dandelion root and dandelion tea are known to help blood clot, and I've learned that prenatal vitamins are REALLY good at ensuring my iron doesn't get too low. Luckily, I don't usually need to take oregano oil more than a few days, and honestly, in most cases, whatever I am trying to fight off seems to disappear within a day.
But you should definitely do your own research, and check with your doctor if you have any concerns. You should also know that if I get even the TINIEST drop on my skin, it will burn (not on the bottom of my hand, but the top). Even in times when I washed it off within 15 seconds, it sill burned for a few minutes. But I guess that's why it works so well. It is STRONG stuff, so viruses beware!
I've taken cheap oregano oil gelcaps but they didn't seem to do anything for me. The only type that seems to work for me is the type in a dark bottle with a dropper. If I'm trying to fight off a cold, I'll carefully put 8-10 drops into an empty capsule, and I take it with some kind of food (like a banana) so it can slide all the way down my throat. The type of oregano oil I use (either Telia Oils or Oreganol P73) is so strong, it will melt the capsule. And if that capsule melts in your throat, it will feel like heartburn - not pleasant. So make sure it goes down all the way, and you will probably be less likely to feel it.
Hope this helps!